EPA Showcases Innovation during Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commemorates Public Service Recognition Week by highlighting examples of innovative ideas that EPA employees have developed in fulfilling the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment.

“It is an honor to work alongside my colleagues at EPA, whose commitment to public service is inspiring,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “From developing new technologies that help address water quality issues to creating smartphone apps that give people direct access to information about the air quality in their neighborhoods, EPA employees are working hard to find innovative ways to address the public health and environmental challenges facing Americans every day.”

EPA’s participation in Public Service Recognition Week comes one week after EPA was recognized by the Partnership for Public Service as third in innovation among large federal agencies, according to a survey of federal employees done by the partnership.

Under President Obama’s administration, EPA has renewed its commitment to innovative ideas that help protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land where we work and play.

- Water Technology Innovation Cluster: In 2011, EPA announced a new collaborative effort called the Water Technology Innovation Cluster. The cluster, named Confluence, will develop and commercialize innovative technologies to solve environmental and public health challenges, encourage sustainable economic development, and create jobs.

- Home Energy Yardstick with Green Button: In 2013, EPA launched the Green Button on EPA’s Home Energy Yardstick. American homeowners can see how their home energy use measures up by using this free online energy assessment tool. By answering a few basic questions, a homeowner can measure, and improve, their home’s energy efficiency.

- NEPAssist: In 2012, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance announced the public release of a web-based mapping tool developed to help make federal agencies more efficient and effective in conducting environmental reviews and project planning.

To find out more about Public Service Recognition Week: http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org/

Use #PSRW to follow Public Service Recognition Week on Twitter

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